Caple Jr. Will Now Direct

'Creed' Sequel Finds Director, Tessa Thompson to Return

A couple of months ago, Sylvester Stallone indicated that he was going to step up and direct the Creed sequel himself, but that didn't pan out.

Variety has just released a report claiming that Stallone had considered directing Creed 2 - and, for a time, was officially set to direct - but the Rocky actor ultimately made a decision to hand the franchise to a new director after discussing things with lead star Michael B. Jordan and a few executives.

This new report also confirms that Tessa Thompson is going to return for the sequel.

But Stallone's biggest announcement came in the form of an Instagram post where he announced that legendary tough Russain Ivan Drago's son Victor Drago will be played by Brock Lesnar in the upcoming picture.

The next Rocky movie will focus on Adonis Creed (Jordan) as he continues his quest to become a champion, as well as his personal life outside the ring. The plot for Creed 2, a continuation of the story between Rocky and Apollo Crews' son, is set to be centered around match with Victor Drago, the son of Rocky IV's villain, Ivan Drago.

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Jordan and Stallone will be back for the film, with Jordan once again playing Adonis Creed. I believe it's important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible.

With the original film's director Ryan Coogler busy finessing Black Panther for Marvel, someone else was needed to call the shots on the follow-up to Creed. "He and Michael B. Jordan will deliver a knockout!" he wrote.

Jordan and Stallone chose new Creed 2 director Steven Caple Jr. together. After an extended search, Steven Caple Jr. was selected to direct by both Jordan and Stallone.

It'll be Caple's first feature at a major studio. Production will begin in Philadelphia this coming March, with a release date of November 21, 2018.



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